Ajwa Hijazi

Research Assistant

Ajwa Hijazi

Ajwa Hijazi

Professional Experience

Ajwa Hijazi is Research Assistant at the Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS), Islamabad. She is currently also enrolled in the MPhil Peace and Conflict Studies programme at the National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad. Earlier, she completed her undergraduate degree in Defence and Diplomatic Studies from the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Her research interests include traditional and non-traditional security with a focus on governance and federalism.


The Conundrum of TTP in Pak-Afghan Relations

Over several decades, Pak-Afghan relations have been characterised by phases of turbulence and stability. The current phase of bilateral relations is also marked by relative friction between the two neighbours. The primary reason for the strained relationship is Pakistan’s concern about either the inability or lack of will by the interim Afghan government to rein in Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

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The Plight of Indian Farmers

The recent national horizon of Indian politics has significantly been characterised by the farmers’ protests since 13thFebruary. The farmers, hailing mainly from the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, initiated the ‘Delhi Chalo’ movement with their list of demands, in which assured crop prices are at the top.

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Gaza: The ‘Graveyard for Children’

In response to Hamas’s attack on 7th October, 2023, Israel has unleashed a fatal onslaught on the Gaza Strip. In these brutal attacks, Israel is not even sparing innocent children and infants. According to Save the Children, in the last 100 days or so, more than 10,000 children have been killed due to Israeli airstrikes and ground operations.

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India’s Electoral Saffron Tide and the Eclipse of Secularism

The outgoing year 2023, like most years since 2014, was characterised by India’s further descent into saffronisation. ‘Saffronisation’ refers to power politics employed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to mould every aspect of life in India according to the ethos of right-wing Hindutva extremism, which has been the hallmark of this party.

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Netanyahu’s Lost Political Battle

Netanyahu’s Lost Political Battle

Hamas’s breach of the Israeli security system on October 7th gave pretext to the disproportionate and inhumane Israeli response in Gaza. Its focus on annihilating Gazans (be it an infant or elderly) has become the current defining feature of this historical conflict between Israel and Palestine. Israel has been on an outright war-crime spree in Gaza, under the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is the longest-serving Israeli premier.
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